Mark Goldberg is on his way to Ottawa today for the CRTC’s hearings on Do Not Call. He wants to ensure that "charities and their related organizations, have a cost effective way to reach out to the community."
This is one area where I will disagree. I hate to sound niggardly, but we really don’t want the calls. In our household we research the causes we give to and we budget to support those causes. The most a telephone caller can expect from us is a small donation, and even then, we are unwilling to give out credit card information to a stranger calling on the telephone. The exception might be taking a call from a known organization that we already support.
Like many block / don’t block scenarios the issue of charitable organizations and good causes is not a black and white issue. It is a nuanced issue, by individual and household. That is the reason I oppose blanket exemptions from the Do Not Call list. That’s also the reason I believe that the only sensible solution is better technology — a spam filter for my phone.